Playing with the Vitamix {Recipes Included}

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Hey hey foodies! Thank you to everyone who gave suggestions for recipes on my Facebook page. I will be giving them all a try in short order!

As many of you know, I finally ordered a Vitamix and UPS delivered it early Thursday morning. It was really exciting to be able to use it right away for breakfast. First, Dallas & I made this blueberry orange smoothie:

(Ingredients {for 1 serving}: 3/4 cup almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla, sprinkle cinnamon, 1 cup spinach, 1 banana, 1 orange, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries.)

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from the Vitamix for smoothies. Our blender (a Kitchenaid) did a pretty fine job up until now, but the Vitamix blew me away. I’ve never had a homemade smoothie taste so smooth! It was like drinking something from Orange Julius, only way healthier. I decided right away that this purchase was a good idea.

Next up: Orange juice. In an effort to reduce my coffee consumption, I decided I was going to start drinking real, fresh orange juice in the morning. This recipe was given to me by my friend, Alita.

(Ingredients: 1 cup water, 2 large oranges {or 3 medium}, 1 cup ice. optional: 1 carrot)

I looooove this drink! I tried it the first time with a carrot, and the last two days without. It’s great both ways. I’m amazed at how the whole fruits are in there, and yet there is no pulp! I brought some to class to drink instead of coffee, and it kept me awake just as effectively. The only difference? I didn’t feel dehydrated after, so no need to chug water.

Later, I had a crazy craving for mac & cheese. Would you believe you can make cheese sauce in the Vitamix? Yep! Put in the milk, flour, butter, and salt, and blend for 3-4 mins until it starts steaming. Add in your cubed cheese, which will melt & blend quite quickly. Pour over cooked macaroni noodles (and roasted broccoli!) and serve. OR cover with bread crumbs and bake, as I did! This meal was incredible.

Obviously I hadn’t already eaten enough, so I made some chocolate sorbet. It didn’t go as well as I’d hoped…apparently there’s definitely a method to making ice cream in the Vitamix, and my machine shut itself off while I was in the process (it has a heat sensor so that it can protect itself from overheating by shutting off). I didn’t follow a recipe, and I’ve decided that until I’m more comfortable with ice cream, I will only follow recipes. For this reason, I’m not sharing the chocolate sorbet recipe until I’ve got a good method down.

The next day, I had my girlfriend Alison over for lunch and we made tomato basil soup:

(Ingredients: 4 roma tomatoes, 1 clove garlic, 1/2 bunch basil.)

We were excited to see the steam coming out and it was really neat to not have to heat the soup on the stove. Just pour into a bowl, season with salt & pepper, and eat! So good.

I went to my parents’ house in Victoria for the weekend (partly to celebrate my birthday early! yay), and we played quite a bit with the Vitamix, too. I got so caught up in everything that I didn’t take a lot of pictures, but here are some fun ones:

Orange Creamsicle!! Whaaat.

(Ingredients: 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, 2 oranges, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 cup ice.)

This drink was so ridiculously good, it’s one of my favourites now. We all agreed that it was like drinking a milkshake, but without all of the sugar & cream. Great for a healthy dessert! This is one I will be making again a lot.

(Ingredients: 4 oz rum, 2 oz Grand Marnier, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 3 tbsp powdered sugar, 1 cup ice.)

My brother had some rum and really wanted to make some cocktails, so I shared in the afternoon drinks with him. This was a fun one! It’s pretty cool that my Vitamix doubles as a bartender.

We also used the Vitamix to help chop veggies & garlic for dinner, we made a gluten-free cream of mushroom soup, and we made apple pie ice cream. By the end of the day, my parents were saying, “it’s so nice to eat food and feel good about it!” I agree.

Anybody else doing that 30-day green smoothie challenge? Today’s was a Strawberry Basil smoothie. Loooved this one! Though to be honest, there are a couple I’m not crazy about but I’m still trying all of them. I found that the less-than-desirable smoothies actually got way better when the Vitamix got here. What do you guys think of the smoothie challenge? Anyone still hanging in there?

Keep those recipe suggestions coming, foodies! I hope you all have a fabulous week blank Playing with the Vitamix {Recipes Included}

peace, love, food <3